Tandem Transesterification-Esterification Reactions Using a Hydrophilic Sulfonated Silica Catalyst for the Synthesis of Wintergreen Oil from Acetylsalicylic Acid Promoted by Microwave Irradiation

Molecules. 2022 Jul 26;27(15):4767. doi: 10.3390/molecules27154767.


SiO2-SO3H, with a surface area of 115 m2/g and pore volume of 0.38 cm3g-1, and 1.32 mmol H+/g was used as a 20% w/w catalyst for the preparation of methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil or MS) from acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). A 94% conversion was achieved in a microwave reactor over 40 min at 120 °C in MeOH. The resulting crude product was purified by flash chromatography. The catalyst could be reused three times.

PMID:35897943 | PMC:PMC9330306 | DOI:10.3390/molecules27154767


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